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Yola Residents Groan Over Exorbitant Electricity Bills

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Residents of Yola, the Adamawa State capital have protested against what they described as “crazy electricity bills” by Quest Electricity Nigeria Limited.

Reports revealed that the development is coming less than two weeks after Quest Electricity Nigeria Limited took over Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) from the Federal Government.

The Federal Government, through the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) sold the company to Quest Electricity Nigeria Limited at a cost of N19 billion.

Mr Umara Mustapha, the former Managing Director of YEDC, officially handed over it to the new management on Dec. 31, 2021.

The BPE said the new company planned to invest ₦28 billion into the YEDC to improve its operation.

However, Quest Electricity Nigeria limited , after taken over two weeks ago, reportedly increased the electricity tariff by over 100 per cent.

A cross section of Yola residents who spoke to Journalists on Saturday over the new electricity tariff described it as a new method of slavery.

Mr Haruna David, a private Consultant and building engineer based in Yola, said that no civilised society would allow or accept such unexpected spurious charges.

“The new company, Quest Electricity Nigeria limited , after taking over two weeks ago, increased the electricity tariff by over 100 per cent unleashing hardship on Adamawa People.

“I have two bedroom apartment at Karewa area, where on monthly basis I pay a bill of ₦11,736. However, yesterday I was served with a bill of ₦30, 795 naira, ” David said.

He said that it is not possible for him to pay the new tariff.

Mr Muhammed Lawal, a civil servant and resident of Jimeta said he pays ₦11,764 on a monthly basis but that on Friday he was served with a new tariff bill of ₦23,832.

“I was shocked to receive a bill of ₦23,832 as against the normal monthly bill of ₦11,764.

“Though we are aware, during the sales agreement with BPE, that the company would inject about ₦28 billion to improve the operations.

“So, in less than 14 days after taking over from government, the company want to generate ₦28 billion naira through milking poor Nigerians,” Lawal said.

He said that they are mobilising people to reject the ‘ungodly’ charges and at the same time calling on the federal government to look into the situation for immidiate solution.

Mr Hassan Musa, a businessman in Yola, said that the increase in the electricity supply bill was done at a wrong time and with bad intention.

He alleged that electricity company did not buy YEDC to solve the epileptic power problem, but to extort poor Nigerians.

“It is unfortunate that the company, within two weeks of taking over, and laying off about 75 per cent YEDC staff, increased the customer’s monthly bill by over 100 per cent,” Musa said.

Other residents of Jimeta Old market, Shinko, Jambutu in Yola North; Yolde Pate, Wuro Hausa and Hayin Gada in Yola South and Girei LGAs rejected the charges and returned the monthly bills to the company .

The residents directed the company to remove their cables declaring lack of interest in their power supply.

Reacting, Mr Abdullahi Jimeta, a staff of Quest Electricity Nigeria limited, Jimeta District, said that government had already sold YEDC to a private company.

“Customers monthly bills were increased because the Federal Government sold Yola Electricity Distribution Company to a private company, Quest Electricity Nigeria limited.

“And you know, no company operates to lose,”Jimeta said.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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